Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

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Run For Clean Water
 5K and Fun Run
Rescheduled.  Now Saturday, November 22nd
Cumberland Mountain State Park

    The plans are the same, just the date has changed.  Our annual fundraising run features both a 5K timed race at 9:00 a.m. and a 1 mile Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.  While it may not longer strike folks fancy to wear their Halloween costumes, feel free to dress up anyway for the Fun Run.  Walkers are 
also welcome to participate in the 5K.  All runs start and finish at the Recreation lodge.  To register on-line, click the "Join" button to the left and it will take you to the shopping cart where you can select the race or races you want to run.  To download a registration form, click here.

Highlights from October

Major Progress on the Little Obed Project!

    Our team of workers was able to move on from removing invasives to actually doing the stream restoration work in October.  Over 100 cedar revetments were installed to both stabilize and rebuild eroding banks.  We did spend a few days completing the removal of invasives from the right bank, which allowed us better access to the stream for doing the work in the stream.

   Beginning on October 23rd, we were joined by Terry and the large track hoe from J & S Construction.



Staff Member Angela with a turtle in Centennial ParkStaff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park. 

We’re off to the Races!

     All the permits for the work on the Little Obed came through and we jumped on the work and made huge progress.  The Annual Meeting went well and we welcomed a new Board member and elected new officers as well as getting an update on the Cumberland Trail.  Our 5K race got snowed out but we’ll be rescheduling it for late November or early December.  Read on for all the details and exciting opportunities in November!


    In a couple of days, all the trees that were undercut and leaning into the stream were removed and then began the reshaping of the top of the banks to provide a stable slope.  This is OWCA’s first project using heavy equipment and bank shaping, but this stream was so eroded with five and six foot vertical and undercut banks that our standard practices just weren’t enough.

We also began the construction of a rock structure that will serve to both raise the level of the bottom of the stream in one section so that a high pressure gas line will again be buried under the stream, rather than being exposed to floating debris that might damage it. The water will then flow down a rock cascade back to the current level of the stream. Thanks to our dedicated workers so far: Scott Collie, Jennifer Howard, Katie Heying, Katie Kuhna, Dawn Prystash, and Amanda Bucher, who’ve been out there playing in the stream and creating stable conditions for the stream to heal and recover.   A special thanks to Mark Richie who volunteered one day removing some of the soil that had landed in the stream bed as a result of sloping the banks.

Hit the Trails Festival in FFG goes well

    OWCA had a booth at the Fairfield Glade Trails Festival on October 4.  It followed the first really cold night of the year and while it was sunny there was a brisk cold wind that wore down the crowd as the day progressed.  It had good attendance in the morning and the OWCA booth was well visited. 

 Annual Meeting A Success

    OWCA’s Annual Meeting was well attended and people had a great time with the election, our awards, and a good talk by our speaker Bobby Fulcher, superintendent of the Cumberland Trail.  Denise Aquista was elected as a new Board member, the new officers for OWCA are Bill Morgan, President, Mary Lou Matteson, Treasurer, and Robbie Safdie, Secretary.  The position of Vice-President was not filled at this time.

    Awards for exceptional service were given to outgoing Board members Brad Fox, Bruce Anderson, and Melissa Brown.  Pete Peterson, Denise and Ray Aquista, and Bill Morgan were recognized as Volunteers of the Year.  Veolia, NA was given the Corporate Partner Award, and June Zettelmeyer was given the Environmental Champion Award, recognizing her work both with OWCA and with SOCM.

    Bobby Fulcher’s presentation on the Cumberland Trail provided new information for everyone in the audience, with an overview first of the history of the trail and how the idea became a reality and then an update on the current status, including a number of specific construction area.  He described the limited funds that the state has allocated and how that affects not only the pace of new construction buy also repairs, such as a bridge that needs to be replaced.

    Following the talk, there was lots of food and fellowship, with incredible treats and delights provided by OWCA Board members and members.  There were also adult beverages, as well as cider.  A special treat was a photo opportunity with most of OWCA’s past presidents.  It was a great occasion.


  • Posted Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 AM by Angela Damron
  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - November 2014!

     November Activities

    Little Obed Restoration Project

         We expect to have this rock structure completed by the end of the first week in November so that soil that was removed in sloping the banks can be returned as fill in raising the stream bottom.  There will be a couple of other much small rock structures built to reduce further erosion in a couple of other areas of the stream.  About another hundred revetments will be installed, along with seeding and matting the newly sloped banks.  This should keep us busy throughout the month of November.  We welcome volunteers at any time.  If you just want to come out and help get the trash out of the stream, we could use the help.  Call Dennis if you’re interested - 484-9033.

    Field Trip to Rugby

    Saturday, November 15
    Meet at Common Ground at 8:30 a.m.
    (405 West 4th St in Crossville)

        Here’s an opportunity for two short naturalist hikes in Rugby Tennessee led by State Naturalist Lisa Huff.  She will take us on a late morning hike of the Massengale Homeplace Natural Area, the site of the first pioneer settlement.  This is an easy hike into a beautiful forested area.  Afterward, you can brown bag your lunch or eat at the Harrow Road Café in Rugby.  After lunch Lisa will lead us on the trail to the Gentlemen's Swimming Hole, again an easy hike.  The first hike starts at 11 am Eastern if you'd prefer to drive separately.   Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for cool weather, and bring your camera.  Rugby itself is a historic tourist attraction and there are buildings and a museum to tour as well.  For more information on Rugby, check www.historicrugby.org.

    Board Positions Available

         We still have some openings for Board members. If you have been thinking about raising your involvement in the organization to the next level, please let Bill Morgan know so he can discuss with you the expectations for Board members so you can decide whether this is something you would like to do.  Bill’s number is 456-9040.   

    WaterFest Website:  crossvillewaterfest.org

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make seasonal purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Bill Morgan (President),  Mary Lou Matteson (Treasurer), Robert Safdie (Secretary), Matt Matteson, Teresa Payne, and Denise Aquista. 

     OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Manchester Tank, Stonehaus Winery, Silvara Stone, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, EcoTravel Plaza, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, and Cumberland County Bank. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 185 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    185 Hood Dr

    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 3:39 PM by Dennis Gregg
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